An editorial question: do you agree with this statement? Updated with full explanation

ERIC YOLLICK, The Golden Hammer

A politician recently made what he believes is an important statement that defines how a government must function. Many people immediately agreed with him entirely with respect to this statement.

Do you agree with his statement?

He said, “A government’s legitimacy is mainly a function of consistently delivered values, together with economic and social progress, with strict commitment to the public interest taking precedence over the form of governance.”

The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, asked readers to respond whether they agreed. We received 177 responses through the Tipline, through emails, Facebook posts, and text messages.

One person, Precinct 2 County Commissioner candidate Gregory Parker successfully identified who had actually made the statement.

Of the 177 reader responses received today, here’s the breakdown:

  • 2 people agreed with the statement. 1.1%.
  • Mr. Parker merely identified the author of the statement. 0.6%
  • 1 person said “you’re making me think too hard.” 0.6%
  • 1 reader suggested that most of our local politicians would not understand the questions (shown below). 0.6%
  • 19 people said they agree that the government has a responsibility to deliver values but don’t believe government is responsible for economic or social progress. 10.7%.
  • 8 people said they agree the government has a duty to deliver economic progress but not values or social progress. 4.5%.
  • 145 people said that the government has no business becoming involved in delivering values, economic progress, or social progress. 81.9%.

The person who made the statement is Xi Jinping, who is the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and the Head of State of the People’s Republic of China. Xi made the statement early this morning at the Community Party Congress meeting in Beijing.

Communist General Secretary Xi Jinxing of China (center) with the Politburo members at the Community Party Congress in Beijing, October 24, 2017.

Here are the questions that went along with the editorial question:

  • Does the statement reflect the fundamental principles of the Republican Party of Texas?
  • Does the statement reflect the fundamental principles of the Republican National Committee?
  • Does the statement reflect the fundamental principles contained within the Declaration of Independence?
  • Does the statement reflect the fundamental principles contained within the United States Constitution?
  • Does the statement reflect the fundamental principles contained within The Federalist Papers and The Anti-Federalist Papers?
  • Does the statement reflect the philosophy of John Locke’s Second Treatise On Government?
  • Does the statement reflect the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan?
  • Does the statement reflect the philosophy of Robert Nozick’s Anarchy, State, and Utopia?
  • Does the statement reflect the tenets of Milton Friedman’s Capitalism and Freedom?
  • Does the statement reflect the philosophy, if any, of Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal?
  • Does the statement reflect the philosophy, if any, of Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley?
  • Does the statement reflect the philosophy, if any, of Montgomery County Judge candidate Mark Keough?
  • Does the statement reflect the philosophy, if any, of Precinct 2 County Commissioner candidate Brian Dawson?
  • Does the statement reflect the philosophy, if any, of Precinct 2 County Commissioner candidate Gregory Parker?
  • Does the statement reflect the philosophy, if any, of Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark?
  • Does the statement reflect the philosophy, if any, of Precinct 4 County Commissioner candidate Bob Bagley?
  • Does the statement reflect the philosophy, if any, of Precinct 4 County Commissioner candidate James Metts?
  • Does the statement reflect the philosophy, if any, of County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport?
  • Does the statement reflect the philosophy, if any, of County Treasurer candidate Melanie Pryor Bush?

 

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